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$5,000. the deadline is january 20, 2011. for complete details, go to studentcam.org. >> absolutely nothing worthwhile to say. that is it. >> now from london, prime minister's questions, from the british house of commons. prime minister david cameron updated the house on recent economic news that the british economy grew twice as fast as expected over the past few months. last week the prime minister announced comprehensive spending cuts that the pledge would cut the deficit in half over the next four years. later, labor party leader ed miliband chose the prime minister and changes to helping benefits legislation.
>> questions for the prime minister. harriett baldwin. >> number one, mr. speaker. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i am sure that the whole house will wish to join me in paying tribute to corporal david barnsdale from 33 engineer regiment, explosive ordnance disposal, who died on october 19. he was a brave and highly skilled member of our armed forces whose service and sacrifice must not be forgotten. our thoughts must be with his family, his friends, and his colleagues. this morning i had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others. in addition to my duties in the house, i shall have further such meetings later today. >> harriett baldwin. >> may i associate myself with the condolences expressed by my right honorable friend? does the prime minister agree that yesterday's excellent growth numbers show that the private sector is growing and will create the jobs that my constituents need?
>> the honorable lady is entirely right. the growth figures yesterday were twice as good as market expectation. of course, members opposite do not like good news, but they should celebrate it when it comes. this was strong growth, largely driven by the private sector, and it was accompanied by the standard & poor's agency saying that we should no longer be on the danger zone for our credit rating, so welcome news. be on the danger zone for our credit rating. so welcomed news. on will numbers opposite who are waiting for double-dip have had a bit of a double depression. i'm sure lots of questions about the economy this morning. >> ed miliband. [shouting] >> mr. speaker, can i start butchering the prime minister in paying tribute to corporal david barnes tale from 33 engineer regiment explosive ordnance disposal. he died serving his country. we honor his memory and we send the deepest condolences to his family.
mr. speaker, there are reports this morning the government is reconsidering aspects of the housing benefit reform. are they? >> no, we are bringing forward our plans. let me tell him why we're doing that that. housing benefits for working age people over the last five years has gone up by 18%. this is the budget completely out of control. the proposals were bringing for, they are difficult but they need to be done not least because we want to make sure we protect the schools budget. we want to make sure we protect the nhs budget. that's why we're taking difficult decisions about welfare. and i hope you'll be able to those this morning whether he will support them. >> mr. speaker, i thank him for that attribute let me get complete clarity from him. the working pension sector has reported as saying the government is open to suggestions on the issue of housing benefits. is the prime minister said all of the aspects of housing bit of reform are fixed and are not
going to change? >> we are going forward with all of the proposals we put in the spending review and in the budget. i would, what i would, i'm sure we would all love, is what about some suggestions from the right honorable gentleman? [shouting] >> mr. speaker, it's prime minister's questions, and the tile. he supposed to answer the question. [shouting] >> i do have a specific question for him on one aspect, on one aspect of the housing benefit changes. the plan is to cut by 10% the housing benefit, the help with rent, someone receives after they have been out of work for a year, even if they been searching for work. does the prime minister think that is fair? >> these are difficult changes, but i think this is -- [shouting] i think this is right. everyone on jobseeker's allowance is expected to work, and if windows or is a problem when people claim jobseeker's
allowance and maxim housing benefit for long periods of time. that creates a serious disincentive to work. now, that is why we are making this change. that's why it's right, but the key change we are also looking at is this cap on 20,000 pounds of the maximum housing benefit claim. is he really saying that he is -- i'm answering the question. yes. [shouting] >> i know you don't like the answer we are sticking to a plan, but we are sticking to our plan. [shouting] >> but the point everyone in this house is got to consider, are we happy to go on paying housing benefits of 30,000 pounds, 40,000 pounds, 50,000 pounds? our constituents working hard to get benefit so people can live at home they couldn't even dream of? i don't think that's fair. [shouting] >> the whole house will for the prime minister has done himself in on this proposal to cut by 10% the health help the people
received. can i now as the prime minister, what advice would you give to the family that they see 10% of their income for housing benefit taken away, what advice would you give them when they should figure out to make ends meet? >> we'll be having in the work program of the best and biggest program to help those people back into work. [shouting] >> and it won't just be the state doing it. we're going to get volunteer bodies to help those people into work. let me just give, because i know the right honorable gentleman likes a good. let me give you the figures for london. there are 37,390 people who have been on jobseeker's allowance for more than a year. those people would be affected by this change but i accept that. it is difficult. there are every month 30,000 vacancies in london. that is 400,000 vacancies a year. we want to get those people back into work. what does he want to do?
>> ed miliband. >> is about to make 500,000 people -- [shouting] >> it's clear, mr. speaker, that his policy of housing benefit is a complete shambles. in london alone, he talks about london, in london alone council is saying 82000 people will lose their homes. how many people, let me ask the prime minister, how many people does he think will lose their home as result result of this policy? >> if you are prepared to give -- [shouting] >> if you are, as we are prepared to pay, 20,000 pounds in housing benefit, there is no reason why anyone should be left without a home. [shouting] >> the leader of the opposition talks about economic policy and cuts. we now know i'm a we from the
labour party's own memorandum what they're cuts would be. this is what they say. this is not -- this is not the government, this is not a conservative body. this is a labor member randa. that cut -- [shouting] >> order, order. members must remain calm. it's not so rain. we must do the prime minister. >> people responsible for making the mess should be quiet when there are told how 20 be cleaned up. [shouting] >> the cuts and lie about our spending plans would have been 44 billion pounds in 2014, 15. those are their cuts. that is what we are having to implement. i was always told if you got nothing to say, be better not to say it. >> mr. speaker, we can see the faces on the liberal democrat benches. the honorable members described
his policy as harsh and dracone. no wonder he looks glum. and we have lumber, the deputy prime minister. i tell you, i to you, it's no wonder he's back on the back, mr. speaker. [shouting] [laughter] >> isn't the truth, isn't the truth, the prime minister just doesn't get it? he's out of touch. other people will pay the price for his cuts. isn't it time he fought against housing benefits? [shouting] >> we all have the chance to read about in the times this week, the vice the leader of the opposition. it's important to have a july that goes down well in the chamber. [laughter] >> you've got to something that will be clipped easily by the broadcasters. [laughter] >> it's important, it's important to get to your feet,
looking as if you're seething on something new. [laughter] >> mr. speaker, he's got a plan for prime minister's questions, but he's got no plan for the economy. no plan for the mess they made. absolutely nothing of any work worthwhile to say. that is it. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. with the prime minister join me in congratulating for creating 2000 must need new jobs? while he's at it, with the congratulate the chief executive for making it clear he supports the difficult decision the government is facing to fix our finances, promotes growth? >> he makes a very good point. they are going to great these jobs to employ thousands of people in a country, support with the government is doing. they want us to follow it through. and i'm happy to congratulate the person running that because
i'm one of their customers. >> mr. speaker, the prime population 3 million, the full budget of 14.5 million. the scottish parliament even after the curtain population, 5 million budget to the program 27.3 billion. using the formula applied to wales, the 5.2 million people of yorkshire would have an entitlement to a 24 billion pounds, 24 billion pounds. how do you think of one single reason why the people of yorkshire should determine their own priorities? and mischievous a, one reason, one reason why the people of yorkshire shouldn't have their own parliament? >> i didn't know the right honorable gentlemen, i am considerably respectful, i did
know he was making these arguments all throughout the last 13 years. this is a revelation. what we're doing is listening that we're getting rid of the ring fences. we're giving you the power to spend your money anyway that you choose. >> we've got rid of the boss anything approach that i'm afraid he was rather part of. >> thank you, mr. speaker. is the prime minister aware that 420 people died in somerset last winter from colt knost related, cold and poor living conditions quickly enjoying -- join me in the foundation which has a sizing winter appeal, they can donate the money for distribution. >> i will certainly join the honorable lady and congratulate the charity and the work that they do. it's actually such a, i know that she will welcome as i did the decision by the chancellor
in the spending statement to say that the cold weather payments will be put on this high level prominently, not just before an election. >> thank you, mr. speaker. yorkshire forward, that evolved agency owns the agency in my constituency which is crucial for a major redevelopment program within the town center. will be prime minister i sure that those assets are transferred from the ownership of yorkshire forward to the local authorities in order that that program can go ahead? could that transfer be solid before 2012? >> the honorable member makes a very good point, and the transition from the redevelopment agencies to the new local enterprise partnerships has to be handled carefully and to make sure that those assets as he says are put to good use. so far actually i have to say the proposals for local enterprise partnerships are extremely encouraging. and i think will lead to more of what the honorable member of brightside said which is more
local control rather than distant regions that people don't identify with. >> andrew turner. >> mr. speaker, its claims that the e.u. will need a new treaty to legitimize money going to greece. what is the prime minister's response? >> this is an argument has been put forward particularly by the germans that there is a new treaty clause needed to put the euro zone on a stronger for it. from our point of view we are not in the euro. we're not planning to join the euro. and so, and so any change would not apply to us, just as the new rules in terms of the stability and funding mechanism we've only said that carveout from them but we will discuss it at the european council this week. i think the greatest priority for britain should be to fight very hard to get the e.u. budget under control. i think it is completely unacceptable at a time when we are making tough budget decisions here, that we're seeing spending rise
consistently in the european union. i think that's wrong and i'm going to be doing everything i can to try and sort out the budget the next year, and also look at the future financing of the european union will want to see strict control. that i think should be our priority. >> the prime minister must realize the british public got cuts in services and your livelihood. they do not want to see a single penny more given to the e.u. in fact, they would like to see some of the money brought back that was given away. will the prime minister please ensure that when he goes into battle for our money that he doesn't do as happens to many leaders when they get involved in that bloated bureaucracy, they roll over. will he promise that actually if the demand this money will ultimately see it, we are not paying. >> as ever the honorable lady talks a good deal of sense, and it is worth recalling that since margaret thatcher one that
rebate, it is saved britain 88 billion pounds. that is what tough negotiations achieve. the first thing i think we have to do is of course the european parliament has insisted on a higher budget than the ones that by the council. and the first thing is to say that is not acceptable, and to build a majority on the council to get that budget back down again. i have to say, and it pains me to say it, we would be assisted if labour mep is don't keep voting for higher budget because that's exactly what they did this week. >> last year the prime minister so how council -- [inaudible] will he assure the house he will try to support council who have sought to deliver better blog for money and local people benefits as results because i think the honorable judge will make an actually good point that my council does exactly the same thing. it shows the chief executive and the management team with a
neighboring council. all councils can look at this. and, frankly, not just council. police forces, other organizations can look at shared services to drive down costs so we make sure we focus on the front line. those are some of the reforms we need to make sure i budget we do keep the good services that we want. >> thank you, mr. speaker. in a few weeks time the prime minister will decide whether he will close in addition to closing others which will lead to the biggest loss of jobs in scotland since the tories close manufacturing industry in the 1980s. as a consequence, this would mean that scotland would have fewer service personnel, fewer military bases, aircraft, vessels, army battalions, and less defense spending than all of our independent scandinavian neighbors of comparable size. will the prime minister explain why is the concentrate defense spending in the south and cutting defense spending disproportionately in scotland? >> we are going ahead with the
building of the aircraft carriers which are being built in scotland. i had to say to the honorable gentleman come if we had independent scotland you wouldn't be flying planes, you would be flying by the seat of your pants. [shouting] >> thank you, mr. speaker. can the prime minister reassure the house that the government has no plans to revive labors modernization program, whether in name or in function? and that remains fully committed to the pledge of the coalition agreement to reverse the substantial erosion civil liberties and rollback state intrusion? >> i would argue we have big rockers on rollback state intrusion in terms of getting rid of the id cards and making sure in terms of the rights people have to go in your homes. we have rolled those back that we are not considereconsidering a central government database to store all information and we will be working with commissioners on this on anything we do in this area. >> thank you, mr. speaker. ending the child trust fund will
close a roof for children in care, and to develop build up a modest nest egg at which they could start their future life as adults. will the prime minister ascus treasure coast to work with me and others to devise an affordable alternative that would give a look at the children as the prospects and assets that they could rely on? >> i'm very happy to ask my college to work with him because we all want to see an encouragement of savings, but i'm afraid when it came to the child trust fund we have to take a difficult decision which was this was half a billion pounds. we needed to say. it is not passionate actually, my honorable friend, the chancellor and i sat on the committee of the bill that introduced the child trust fund that fact is you have to take some difficult decisions on spending. this was one of the. can we look at alternative ways? yes, we can pick happy to work with them. >> i know the prime minister will be aware that last week's decision to cancel the nimrod
program, the early closure of the site, does my right of a friend agree that it is now an important party for the ministry of defense to work closely to ensure that the dedicated and highly skilled staff get the best possible support for both retraining and redeployment? >> my right honorable friend is entirely right. m.o.d. should work very closely with his constituency work extra hard over many years to produce this equipment. to make sure there is a strong future. >> we've had to make difficult decisions in the defense review. and we've made difficult decision about nimrod. in terms of it as a whole we will be spending 17 billion pounds with that company between now and 2015 on a range of products including. we should make sure we help those people to find new jobs. >> videogame development is a highly skilled, low carbon creative industry which provides a 600 jobs in my constituency
and is important to the northwest as a whole. before the election all three main parties pledged to introduce a video game tax relief so we can compete internationally on a level playing field. why have they reneged from that promise? >> we had to make difficult decisions about tax relief, but the honorable members off of said -- [shouting] can we think of one thing that going to support in terms of getting the deficit down? i can't think of a single thing actually got to take difficult decisions and i'm afraid that tax relief which was not take lisa jessel are well air forcen -- [inaudible] >> the department of transport has no plans for new airport in any other part of midway.
as he knows was grabbed a plan to build a third runway at heathrow. >> mr. speaker, as a former pr man for the prime minister agree with me that no matter how much they try to spin the government, the demands for an international independent war crime tribunal intensified as more evidence of alleged assassination and civil rights abuses come out? >> i think the honorable lady makes a fair point. we do need is the independent investigation of what happened. everyone has read the papers and seen the tv footage, but we need an independent investigation to work out with what she suggest is right. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the development of land without permission is often down to me committees including the villages of barnacle in my constituency. where local residents have had to put up with illegal developments, as they are
pleased with the proposals the coalition government to give additional powers to local authorities to deal with this matter. with the prime minister acknowledged that my constituents shall see those powers made a bill at the artist opportunity? [shouting] >> my audible friend probably knows we will be bringing forth the local bill. i think it is important as i've stated before that everyone obeys the law of the land, including gypsies and travelers as will. what we will be doing with his local bill is making sure that it is worthwhile for local authorities to go ahead with development, they should see benefit when houses are built, whereas at the moment there is seldom benefit for local areas of getting businesses in and getting homes bill. there should be better with weather make available sites for gypsies and travelers. it should be done on the basis of lawbreaking which also offered it is at the moment. >> education secretary promised that will have a school for the future program would be
unaffected by cuts. can the prime minister confirmed that the much needed refurbishment the secondary schools across the city will go ahead as planned and not suffer devastating cuts for 40%? >> i'm afraid what happened was the last government set out 50% cuts. this is what happened. i know they don't like hearing it. they set out 50% cuts in capital spending but didn't tell us where 1 penny piece was going to come from. that is what happen. >> we've had to scrap the unaffordable and badly put forward building school for the future program. but let me tell her and other honorable members this. in the spending plans for the next four years are 15 billion pounds of additional capital for school building. there are plenty of opportunities for additional school buildings, and not just secondary schools, but primary schools as well. that's what we'll be making available. >> thank you. in my constituency of stroud, stroud college, the engineering center to encourage training and apprenticeships, does the prime minister agree, does the prime
minister agree with me in the light of the encouraging economic figures that such things should be supported by business? >> my friend is absolutely right. that we are actually making sure that money is going into college that this is essential for the future. we want to free up those colleges to have more agreements with this is. in the past they were overrated about the courses they could want and the qualifications they could offer. we want to see much greater what point did you decide to change the? >> we realize that the spending plans were unaffordable and we came off them. [shouting] >> we went into the last election promising to make spending reductions. it needed to be done, and i've never sitting with the right honorable gentleman was.
we kept a week asking the former prime minister are you really think they're going to be cuts. and he said no, no cuts that there will be any cuts. you remember week after week. now we've got the evidence from labors of them will. 44 billion pounds of got you were planning, not a word about it to anyone. that is thoroughly dishonest. >> thank you, mr. speaker. yesterday international credit rating agency standard and poor's said something that would make members opposite quite upset. it upgraded our nation's credit outlook from negative to stable. but with the prime minister also heed its warning that this credit rating upgrade is at risk if in his own words from against our expectation the coalition's commitment to fiscal consolidation solvent? >> this is an absolutely vital point, that it was this governance changes that took the british economy out of the danger zone, and since the election we've seen interest rates coming down in britain was in some other countries that
have been going up. why? because they haven't taken the necessary action to get the budget and the deficit under control. and what you announcing is businesses across the world recognizing this is a great country to invest in because we're sorting out the mess that we inherited. >> the prime minister will be aware that by the seventh of july the education secretary has already understood the financial situation and the state of the books the prime minister keeps stating. so why on the seventh of july did the education secretary say one announcement i was able to make on monday was that the local authority that has reached financial close will see all the schools under building schools for the future rebuild? is there some confusion between trinity and the education secretary? >> we were left a complete mess in terms of building schools for the future. here was a program that took
three years, and hundreds of pounds before a single brick was laid. the cost of building the schools was twice of what it should have been. so what we've done is crafted that program and made available 15 billion pounds for the next four years. that means that school building, school building will actually be higher under this government that it was under the labour government starting in 1997. [shouting] yes, it will be. ago and checked the figures. domestic you will find out that is the case. >> figures published this week show that economic growth is coming from the private sector. does the prime minister except that it is wrong to say that it is public spending that is propping up economic development works does he further recognize that for more work needs be done in the private sector across all part of the 19? >> this is the news that the party opposite don't want to hear. for fifth of that growth was
coming from the private sector, and that is an encouraging sign that we should be celebrating rather than looking miserable about. [shouting] >> the prime minister talks of difficult decisions, and chancellor said government is about choices. we on the side would agree with that, mr. speaker, but we would map made different choices. for instance, yesterday -- [shouting] for instance, we would have chosen to tax the bankers were heavily in order to have avoided the shameful attacks yesterday on women and children in the form of the abolition of the child trust fund and grant. does he agree, mr. speaker, that, does he agree with the chances choices to continually -- [shouting] >> and please, mr. speaker, please mr. speaker, will you ask them not to continually blame -- [shouting]
>> the prime minister will reply stoke i'm afraid to say to put the choice you made is not to make any choices. [shouting] >> absolutely no choice. she mentions the importance of taxing the banks. the point i would make is that we introduce a bank levy. within six months of taking office, that has been sorted out. they had 13 years. the leader of the opposition sat either in the treasury as one of the chief economic advisers, or sat in the government, and they did absolutely nothing to introduce that bank levy. why? was the art in fort across the cabinet table? we have no idea. we have done. we're asking the bank to pay a fair amount, and what we should be focusing on is getting the revenue out of banks as they contribute to rebuilding our country after, frankly, the mess it was left in. [shouting] >> order.
i want to hear him, too. >> earlier the prime minister and the leader of the opposition had fun and games over housing benefit cuts. this is not a laughing matter. [shouting] >> for the thousands of children who could well become homeless. i'm confident this was unintended consequence, because the cost of putting that in practice, will be prime minister. benny: the? >> i completely agree with the honorable gentleman. this is an incredibly serious issue. we have a housing benefit bill that is out of control, 50% of over the last five years for working age adults. what we are suggesting, the key change is a cut of 20,000, let me repeat that, 20,000 pounds that a family can get for its rich. the fact is there will be many people working in culture are working in west oxfordshire who are paying their tax who could
not dream of living in a house that cost 20,000 pounds for rent each year. this is an issue of fairness that we tackle this budget, we did it under control, and we don't ask hard-working people to support >> each week the house is in session we air prime minister's questions. again sunday night on c-span at 9:00 p.m. eastern and pacific. you can find links to the house of commons and prime ministers website. >> tomorrow on "washington journal," the national education association and the 2010 campaign with care and white. also a look at house and senate
races. first conservative perspective was david keating. later a look at top congressional races with john mcardle of roll call. that is live at 7:00 a.m. eastern here on c-span. >> on saturday we travel to canton ohio for a gop rally featuring house republican leader john boehner. >> he said when they got in there to ask about all this stuff. >> i am here because it is time to take our country back. john boehner is the guy to do it as speaker of the house. >> he is a lot better than what we have been there as speaker of
the house, a lot better. >> if they can compromise -- compromising get to that [unintelligible] >> to get our viewers that in denmark a picture of who es. we know what nancy pelosi stood for. what does he stand for? >> i wish i could answer that better. he has strong core values that i share, and he has the experience in washington as well as in ohio. >> he is outspoken. he is strong for constitutional
policy. the health care bill was unconstitutional. you cannot demand that people have health care or get fined if they don't have it. he will stand for that and definitely stand for better fiscal control than we have now. >> the divisiveness that has occurred has not come from the tea party. we are very supportive of where the tea party stands and what they are doing. we are being positioned as extremist. you are seeing millions of people across the country just like us that feel that. >> i think it did business is coming from policy that is getting away from individual, bedrock american principles. this is a different country today than it was before.
>> i want to say thanks to all of you for being on our team and doing everything you are doing to help us win this election. there is no candidate who has run a better campaign for the year and a half. i am proud of him and his team and i am proud of you for the job you are doing on his behalf. we have to elect jim renacci. back in february or march we were all down and out -- at the
white house for the health care summit. during that discussion, the president said that while we have ideological differences, or philosophical differences, he said that is what elections are for. wasn't he right? if you are tired of all the bailout's, if you are tired of all the spending, if you are tired of the government takeover of virtually everything america, and if you are tired of obamacare, that is what elections are for. [applause] the other day the president was giving an interview and he was talking about people who disagree with him. he referred to people that disagree with him as enemies. that is the word he used. i watched president reagan, president bush, president
clinton, george w. bush, they reserve the use of that work for terrorists, for dictators around the country. but for the president to use that word, enemies, for those who oppose his plan of bigger government, for those who believe we need more accountable government -- i have a word for those people. for those who would have the audacity to stand up and fight for smaller government, to fight for the constitution, to fight for freedom and for a more accountable government that has been the backbone of our country, that word is patriot. [applause] i want to say to of the
patriots, if you have differences, remember what president obama encourage you to do. that is what elections are for. what is happening here is happening all across our country. i have seen it with my own eyes, all around the state and all around the country. the american people want something done about what is happening in washington. if we are lucky enough to be a majority and i am lucky enough to be the speaker of the house, it is going to be real different. i am talking about different than even republicans were doing the last time we were up. it is time to get serious about the big problems that confront our country and is also time to
fix the congress of the united states. no more 2300 page bills that no one has ever read. it is time for us to fix the congress. if we don't fix the congress, congress's ability to fix the big problems of our country is not going to happen. i am the last guy in the world who ought to be standing here. i have 11 brothers and sisters and my dad owned a bar. i grew up with every rotten job there ever was and i was glad to have everyone of them. i grew up in america, a country where you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do. i surely never wanted to leave my business and go to washington and do this. i really didn't. i am here because i believe in our country.
if we don't get hold of this government's and bring in a smaller, less costly and more accountable government, those opportunities will not be there for kids and grandkids. this is a fight patriots ought to be having all around the country. god bless all of you. [applause] >> i talked to her three times today already. >> how i am going to get down there? >> hold on. hold on. >> how are you doing?
>> i kind of agree with congressman boehner. specifically that the constitution is not a living document. it is set in stone from the beginning to the end. >> based on what i have heard and read, i think he would have a strong personal leadership. he certainly seems to have a vision for the country. if he will carry that forward, based on what he said today. >> moving forward to change in the right direction, a change to conservatism, changed to get away from this socialism, and i
want our constitution to be safeguarded and those of the land to be safeguarded. i want our freedom to be safeguarded. >> i think john major is going to be an awesome leader. he is not going to be for big government. and he is not going to tax everybody to death. that is part of the problem now, no one has any money because they are being taxed to death. >> i like him. if he stays true to what he says, i think he would be a good person, but he is a politician. you have to wonder if any of them are going to keep their promises. >> it seems like there is a lot of opposition to the existing president, so he was riling up the troops pretty much. there is a lot of anger or which is often visceral. a lot of people could not explain exact details of the
politics. but there was a lot of emotion, it sings, and a lot of being upset at the president and the people in congress today. >> c-span local content vehicles are on the road covering campaign 2010 events in the final days leading up to tuesday's midterm elections. c-span live election night coverage starts at 7:00 p.m. eastern with results from around the country, victories, concession speeches, and your .alls, e-mail's, and tweets watch our live coverage here on c-span. our political coverage continues with an update on midterm elections with the chicago tribune political reporter. >> tv attack ads field by out of state cash. thanks very much for being with us.
>> good morning. >> the president campaigning yesterday, spending the night in his adopted home city of chicago, trying to push the democrats for the election tuesday. what does this tell you about the state of the democratic party and the state of the obama presidency? >> i think it says a lot about the concerns that exist in the white house about this predicted republican wave, when the president has to come back to his home town to try to quell that enthusiasm gap that everybody sees for republicans. the fact of the matter is we have two very big races here in illinois. first, the highly symbolic race for his former u.s. senate seat, which is a very, very close race between the democrat and republican mark kerr. and have a governor's race with governor pat quinn trying to combat the challenge from
bilbray. the governor's race tainted by their rod blagojevich impeachment and subsequent trial. this has been a democrat straight. has been trending democrat. the white house is very much concerned. >> $45 million spent on chicago tv stations by outside groups. >> not all of it is by outside groups, but the bulk of it has been. it ranges from everything from the national congressional and senatorial campaign committee's to the groups that everybody knows such as american crossroads that were co-founded by karl rove, to the u.s. chamber commerce. like everywhere else in the country, virtually every local tv spot on any tv station is a
political ad, and most of them are attack ads. frankly, i think the way the public gets his nose and the way technology has taken over, it is short attention span theatre. you basically had the president last night in chicago as he has during this series of weekend events all but asking for patience and give us two more
years to fix the eggs. it is a question if the public as patients. in illinois, what we have seen in our polling is over last month, an enormous number of independent voters are shifting over and supporting republican candidates. i have a feeling that is really where the basis for these predictions of this republican waiver coming from very host: there are a lot of population centers in illinois. if you take chicago and the suburbs, when the returns come in tuesday and you see the numbers come in, what will you be looking for and how will that give you an indication in the senate race of what night it will be for mark kirk vs. genoulias. >> the city of chicago is very democratic. you have the suburban cook
county which does not include the chicago returns which had been republican but had flopped over to the democrats. you also have the six-county collar county area which are the ring counties outside chicago which are traditional republican but they have tended toward democrats. what i will look at, quite frankly, is suburban cook county. what we are hearing out there about early voting is that a number of early votes have been casting their and they may be republican leaning. if that is the case, that is a symbol of what may be going on. we expected that the coward county republicans may turn out have a. . the city of chicago will turn out because we expect an enthusiasm that to occur there.
in some wards, you have organizations that are already gearing up to try to the power brokers for the upcoming chicago mayoral election. many factors are at play here. host: that is another race and anotother issue and we will have >> tomorrow, the national education association karen white. also, a look at house and senate races. first the curtains -- the conservative perspective with david keating. and later a look at top congressional races with john mcardle of "roll call."
>> c-span's local content vehicles are on the road. on saturday, we traveled to west virginia for a tea party express event. >> senate races in house races where they are close and people have a lot at stake. there will be a series of speakers and singers. it will be like a pep rally for people who want to get out and get voters to the polls.
get people in on time and make sure you talk to all of your friends and neighbors and everybody. what will be the most important election. the economy, the jobs, if you can hear it all around. an indictment against the obama administration, pelosi reid and obama, really has not worked and everyone understands that. we want a change. they make selections of people that they are endorsing. there are a host of others for this local area. john raese will be here, running in the senate's and he will have them endorsed. in everye to make sure
county of this great nation,, our map -- our demand for a constitutional republic and liberty for all of us. [applause] >> i am here because i am one of the tea party organ downsize -- organizes for we the people, a local party, and we invited the boss here. we're down here to support them and support the effort to get the control of this government because it is completely out of control. everybody is upset that our government is spending money into our future, and they are taking our kids' future away from us and they can tell all the stories about that, but someone has to pay that debt. also the health care bill that passed is a disaster for so many people. we want it repealed. most of the people want it
repealed. we do not want it adjusted or partially repealed. the entire thing has to go. to in the economy is a big issue. government control -- government spending is out of control. i think we need to take people off of the government programs and facilitate better economic stimulus, better growth, get people to work not on programs. >> why did you come out to this rally? >> because we were helping out with the mcanally for converse campaign. with a lot of younger people, we're trying to show that we look at the values in the issues. we are trying to show that there are young people out there that are conservatives. >> my kids and my grandkids i like america. >> i think that tea party is the
best thing that happened to this country. if you are democrat republican, it does not make a difference because the tea party will hold these people responsible. that is what we need, responsibility in the country. that is all i have to say. we will hold them responsible. >> we are fighting the good fight. this is a great program for you. great speakers and great music. we will shed a few tears together and we will stand together for our country. >> i do not want you to wake up the day after the election, look in the mirror, and say i wish i would have done more. do not have that feeling next wednesday. i wish i would have done more. now is the time to do .